At twelve months Michael is definitely walking around. He likes to run holding onto someone's hands, but often gets from point A to point B upright instead of crawling. If he does drop to the ground, frequently he scoots along on his bum. There's a lot of getting up and down and squatting. I certainly wish I had his stamina!
He's putting things in his mouth a little less, but still enjoys chewing things. He's especially fond of paper, especially important documents like secret password post-its the children have written to each other as part of their latest "game" and the odd cheque.
He hasn't been eating much the last few days, probably because he seems to have a cold again (still? it's all kind of running together). As we told Lorianne, in our experience small kids have constant coughs and runny noses until they are about five.
Michael is very talkative. Elizabeth seems to understand him the best, carrying on real conversations with him now.
He likes to play peek-a-boo and is very giggly. His favourite toy at the moment might be the vacuum cleaner, though he does like to get into the pots and pans. We've actually resorted to a lock on some of our kitchen cabinets as he seems to need more redirection than some of our children and strangely we have less time available to keep him out of the forbidden areas.
On his birthday we gave him a candle in his grapefruit, which he found most perplexing. Elizabeth was terrified and kept yanking it out of reach. He did not have any idea what he was supposed to do so the kids helped him blow out his candle. At supper he had angel food cake because his names are both angelic so I figured it was appropriate. He quite enjoyed getting gooey, although he didn't eat much of it.